Each month we focus on the Step, Tradition and Concept of the month, and provide a quote from Bill W. This is a quick and easy way to learn about these important pillars of the program.


Step 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Having been granted a perfect release from alcoholism, why then shouldn’t we be able to achieve by the same means a perfect release from every other difficulty or defect?

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 64

Tradition 6

An A.A. group ought never endorse finance, or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

The core of our A.A. procedure is one alcoholic talking to another, whether that be sitting on a curbstone, in a home, or at a meeting. It’s the message, not the place; it’s the talk, not the alms.

Bill W., Letter to the Grapevine, May, 1948

Concept 6

The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board.

Just as the A.A. groups find themselves unable to act decisively respecting world service affairs unless they delegate a great amount of active authority and responsibility to their Conference, so must the Conference in turn delegate a liberal administrative authority to the General Service Board, in order that its Trustees may act freely and effectively in the absence of the Conference itself.

Twelve Concepts for World Service, p. 24